Inside burned-out £1m mansion complete with charred pool table and mystery tapes

Urban explorers have offered a peek inside the million-pound mansion that once belonged to a decorated soldier that caught fire earlier this year and features a number of curious artefacts.

Fyves Court in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, is now a burned-out shell in comparison to its glory days but still contains many items from a string of previous owners.

A charred pool table can be seen in one of the rooms as it is surrounded by the collapsed rubble from the fire and graffiti on the wall.

In the basement, there are piles of mystery video and cassette tapes stacked up on a desk. Comments on the post made by Venturing Off Limits say the videos could be classic Bollywood movies but the cassettes remain a complete mystery.

A storage room contains huge empty wine racks as high as the ceiling, which still look like they are waiting to be filled with bottles.

However, not all of the house is in good condition – just looking from the outside, huge areas of the roof are missing from where it has collapsed in the fire.

Inside the rooms underneath, the floor is covered in broken glass from the broken windows and charred wood.

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Urban explorer fans were saddened by the sight as a piece of history has been destroyed by the reckless vandals.

The home was built in 1931 by its owner Cecil Knox, who was awarded the Victoria Cross for an outstanding act of bravery in the First World War in 1918.

In 1940 he commanded the Nuneaton Company of the Home Guard before becoming a father to his only child in 1941.

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Two years later he was killed when he reportedly lost control of a motorbike on ice at Tuttle Hill. He was buried at Gilroes Cemetery, in Leicester.

The whereabouts of his Victoria Cross are not known, but two local streets bear his name – Cecil Leonard Knox Crescent, at Bramcote Barracks, and Knox Crescent, on the St Nicolas Park estate.

Following his death, it had a number of owners before becoming derelict.

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One person commented: "What an amazing story and family history to be proud of. Such a shame the property went into disrepair.

"Horrid that vandals burnt it. It would look stunning all done up."

Another added: "That made me very sad for Cecil and his memory. I really hope they don’t tear it down and put a new estate there."

A third said: "What a shame, it could be very nice if someone had the time and money."

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The most recent owners were in the process of renovating the property after it had become derelict and fell into a state of disrepair when a blaze broke out in what was suspected to be arson.

Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service (WFRS) told CoventryLive that they received multiple 999 calls to report the fire at the huge empty home on June 12.

More than seven appliances, including the huge turntable ladder, had to be used to put out the flames.

"Fire control received multiple calls to a derelict building fire along the A5 in Nuneaton," WFRS said.

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"In total five fire appliances, 1 turn-table ladder, one water bowser and other specialist appliances and officers attended.

"It was one large unoccupied derelict building well alight. There were no casualties. The police were involved in this incident and made the property owners aware."

The property had an estimated value of £1,333,000 before the fire damage.

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